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2014 Kellion Medal

60 years

Presented at 61st Annual General Meeting of The Diabetic Association of South Australia Inc. Tuesday 28 October 2014, 10.00am at Diabetes SA, 159 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Hilton SA 5033. Click here to download a copy of the printed booklet.

Diabetes SA is proud to announce the Kellion Victory Medal Recipients for 2013/2014, including:

Margaret Weddell

margaret-weddellI was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 3 and maintenance of a reasonable lifestyle was imperative. The only girl with 3 brothers, I had a healthy childhood which saw me very active and carefree.

We lived in the far north of South Australia at Woomera and communication in 1952 with specialists was difficult.

Our initial glucose tests consisted of boiling urine with a reagent in a test tube and I started out having several injections a day with syringes and needles that were stored in methylated spirits. I am now lucky to use an insulin pump, which not only provides continuous insulin but allows me to adjust the amount of insulin according to my activities and health.

I have stayed healthy and active by playing tennis, basketball and netball until I was sidelined by injury. I now enjoy swimming, walking and gardening regularly. My new grandson also keeps me very active.

Discrimination initially denied me access to a nursing career because of my diabetes. Changing attitudes and community education from organisations such as Diabetes South Australia eventually allowed me to follow my chosen career path.

My mother, my husband Peter, my two wonderful daughters (Ros and Linda) and my Endocrinologist Dr Wilton Braund have all supported me in my journey and contributed to my celebration of living with diabetes for 60 years.

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